Beaches are probably the feature of Harris that impress most visitors. The colour of the water, even on a dull day, and the purity of the sand are simply stunning. The Isle of Lewis also has some excellent beaches. A location map for the Harris beaches is below the images .
The images below are arranged from North to South
Beaches on Harris range from the huge expanses of Traigh Losgaintir (Luskentyre) and Traigh Sgarastaigh (Scarista) to little sheltered coves beside the road at Na Buirgh (Borve).
Behind the beaches are the machairs - green grassy plains covered in a mass of wild flowers in the summer. The images probably don't do justice to the wonderful colours and sheer size of the beach area.
Accommodation close to the beaches can be found by clicking here.
Camping is permitted in several locations close to the beaches, and a small fee is required. At Horgabost beach there are portacabin facilities, consisting of toilets and washing facilities. Just turn up, choose a pitch and payment by means of an honesty box. Reasonable rates.
No electrical hookup Motorhome pitches are also available at the old school in Seilebost.
There are also 7 idyllic spots around the estate built to protect roadside erosion while providing motorhome users with a safe base for adventuring.
Overnight stays are charged by the night and funds and nicome generated goes back into the West Harris Community, funding vital local projects. call on (+44) 01859 503900 to speak to one of the team.
Huisinis Beach also has basic facilities, although if you are going all the way out to this one to camp, then it may be prudent to ring up the Touris Office in Stornoway and just check if they are open. Tourist information office Stornoway 01851 703 088.
There are very few beaches on the eastern side of Harris, but there are many small bays with their own jetties and charm.